short fiction

Sierra the Former Snob: A Flash Fiction Piece

Sierra dragged her feet up to her room. Only a couple months remained until high school graduation. But she wished she had earned her Girl Scout gold award.

She entered her room and sat on her bed. She had done everything she could to try and receive the reward. But her attitude in Girl Scouts had made her mom pull her out of the troop.

Her family had a ton of money. Sierra had not bragged about her wealth in Girl Scouts, but had been let down by things that’d been below her standards or when the other girls had complained about her wishes involving more money than they could afford.

When the troop took a trip to Paris a year ago, they had not stayed in a hotel, but a hostel designated for Girl Scouts. Sierra had complained about no house keeping, décor matching the level of schools, and had stated that it would have made a great homeless shelter.

Other times, Sierra had suggested trips to Niagara Falls and amusement parks, which the troop leader had turned down for costing too much. When eating out, Sierra had had to deal with sandwiches and salads rather than bistros or taverns, which she’d preferred.

But Sierra had wished she hadn’t boasted about her richness. No one in the troop spoke to her anymore—not even those in her grade at school, unless they had to.

Sierra now wanted to go to a SUNY college rather than the Ivy League she had chosen. Maybe she didn’t deserve fancy things. Perhaps, she should not go to college this fall.

However, her parents had already paid. What would they say if she’d told them she wished to delay her freshman year for the following autumn?

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